Perceptive Pixels Multitouch: Pretty Much The Precrime Interface from Minority Report

This is a much more impressive video than the one from (Siggraph?) last year. The UI that Tom Cruise’s character uses in Minority Report blew me away and this video, which demonstrates “multitouch” on a big screen (rear projection, I imagine), is amazingly similar. Of course, what they’re showing may not be a universally usable metaphor for users, but to me, this is like Engelbart demoing the mouse.

CodeGear Unveils Delphi for PHP, Delphi 2007 for Win32/Vista/Ajax

CodeGear has unveiled the first of their new development environments since their not-quite-spin-off from Borland. First is Delphi 2007 for Win32, which actually supports Vista Aero development and Ajax (as well as Win32 development). Second is their first new language in years — Delphi for PHP. No one from CodeGear saw fit to include me in the beta of these products (cough cough), but word from my spies is that Delphi for PHP, in particular, looks like a killer product.

Hints that Mix May Have Developer Announcements

First John Lam and now John Montgomery have dropped broad hints that they will be making announcements at Mix, Microsoft’s April-May show in Las Vegas targeted primarily at Web developers. Obviously, if one were planning on discussing something substantively at the PDC in early October, one might announce it in early May. Hmm… I wasn’t planning on attending Mix, but y’know, I love announcements.

On the other hand, the Pussycat Dolls are the entertainment at the party and if there’d be one thing more depressing than standing around being reminded that I’m no kid anymore, it’d be doing it to a lip-synched version of “Dontcha.”

I knew the Go-Gos. I saw the Go-Gos. The Go-Gos were friends of mine (well, Kathy once met my eyes and smiled and in that moment, I think there was a real connection). The Pussycat Dolls are no Go-Gos.